Ashleigh Barty is back!

Barty WM13-001 (9461732276).jpgAshleigh Barty was apparently done with tennis in September 2014 when she quit the sport and started to play cricket.   It was an astonishing move because the talented Australian lefty  was just eighteen at the time and already a three-time grand slam doubles finalist (with partner Casey Dellaqua).  Suddenly and shockingly, Ashleigh’s tennis career was turned to ashes before it even really got going.  Was this to be another tennis career tragedy? Fast forward to early 2016.  Barty decides to return to professional tennis after this year’s Australian Open.  Guess what? Barty’s return has translated to quick success.  She reached the semifinals last week at the $50k ITF singles title in Eastbourne (losing to WTA no 94 Riske 67 57 after defeating Hantuchova, Paszek, and U. Radwanska). Today Barty won a first round match as a wildcard at the WTA Nottingham event beating Peng Shuai 63 60.  She’s still just 20 years old.  Could Barty become another one of the great comeback stories in pro tennis like Jennifer Capriati  Alex Bogomolov Victor Estrella Jelena Dokic Andre Agassi and Brian Baker? Our fingers are crossed.

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